Category Archives: Classes

Buddhist Women Ancestors Guiding the Way

If you really want to cry for somebody, why not cry for yourself?

Why not cry for all of us — who are just passing through.

 Fall on your knees and weep. Get it all out.

Now get up. You’ve got work to do.

From The First Free Women, Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns
Please join Karen DeCotis, Laurie Senauke, and Susan Marvin for a
4 week class on the women ancestors, with a focus on how they
encourage us to continue to practice and awaken together in these
challenging times. We will read and discuss stories that offer the
inspiration of their presence in our very own lives.
Classes are 4 Mondays – November 16, 23, 30, and December 7 from 7:30—8:30.
We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to attend the
series or by individual evenings.
Class offering by donation supports BZC’s programs. Your discretionary amount is greatly appreciated. Donations by check to BZC or with PayPal using the CLASSES tab on our Donation Page .

The Subtle & Poetic Teaching of Tung-shan

Two Mondays—August 24 and 31, from 7 to 8:15pm

Ross Blum will present a two-session class on this 9th century Chinese Zen teacher from whom our Soto School derives its name. At our first meeting we’ll study a selection of stories compiled in The Record of Tung-shan translated by William Powell. In our second class we’ll explore the “Five Positions,” his description of the unfolding of a Zen student’s practice within the world of form and emptiness as it relates to our life today. See below for class materials.

While Dōgen Zenji eschewed systems or techniques in practice, we’ll see that he had absorbed this 400 year-old ancestor’s system when composing Genjokoan, a seminal fascicle in Shobogenzō.

The class will be held in BZC’s Online Zendo and is open to all; no need to register.

Class offering by donation supports BZC’s programs. Your discretionary amount is greatly appreciated.  Donations by check to BZC or with PayPal using the Classes tab on our Donation Page .

Class Materials

FIRST CLASS
Here’s a PDF of the text we’ll be using. https://terebess.hu/zen/Tung-shanPowell.pdf and the associated stories we’ll review: 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 18, 30, 49, 56, 71, 74, 78, 92, 98, 102 and 103.
SECOND CLASS
Two versions of the Five Positions
Outside Sojun Roshi’s office Sweetpea sits upright on the third position
and then embodies both the fourth and fifth positions